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Fantasy Football 2014 Running Back Rankings: Week 3

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DeMarco Murray

DeMarco Murray

Injuries and off-field matters have certainly left their mark on the NFL season thus far, as Athlon Sports’ Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings for Week 3 can attest. When Adrian Peterson will return (if he returns) is anyone’s guess, while Jamaal Charles, Doug Martin, Ryan Mathews, Ben Tate, Knowshon Moreno, Maurice Jones-Drew, Mark Ingram and DeAngelo Williams all either got hurt last week or missed last week because of injury. With so many backfields already impacted, it’s good to know there are still some constants to lean on. Such as LeSean McCoy, last year’s rushing champion who has produced back-to-back games of at least 95 total yards. Shady should be in for another productive afternoon when the Eagles host the Redskins on Sunday.

Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any Web site can give you.

Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K

2014 NFL Week 3 Fantasy Football Rankings — Running Backs

Rank

Player

Team

Opp

Comments

1

LeSean McCoy

PHI

vs. WAS

Picked up 102 total yards, TD vs. Colts.

2

DeMarco Murray

DAL

at STL

No. 1 fantasy RB ran wild (167 yds.) vs. Titans.

3

Arian Foster

HOU

at NYG

Two straight 100-yard games for Foster.

4

Marshawn Lynch

SEA

vs. DEN

Just six carries (plus 4 rec., TD) vs. Chargers.

5

Giovani Bernard

CIN

vs. TEN

Gio's talents (90 rush, 79 rec.) on display vs. ATL.

6

Alfred Morris

WAS

at PHI

Who needs catches if you score 2 TDs?

7

Matt Forte

CHI

at NYJ (Mon.)

Bottled up (36 total yds.) vs. 49ers.

8

Le'Veon Bell

PIT

at CAR

107 total yards in loss to Ravens.

9

Eddie Lacy

GB

at DET

Held to just 43 yards rushing vs. Jets.

10

Knile Davis

KC

at MIA

Stepped up (79 yds., 2 TDs) after Charles injury.

11

Montee Ball

DEN

at SEA

Slow start could be prolonged vs. Seahawks.

12

C.J. Spiller

BUF

vs. SD

5.8 ypc + 102-yard KOR for TD vs. MIA.

13

Rashad Jennings

NYG

vs. HOU

109 total yards vs. Cardinals.

14

Zac Stacy

STL

vs. DAL

 

15

Joique Bell

DET

vs. GB

Twice as many touches (16 to 8) as Bush.

16

Andre Ellington

ARI

vs. SF

Averaging 5.1 ypc despite foot issue.

17

Stevan Ridley

NE

vs. OAK

The 25 carries are certainly encouraging.

18

Darren Sproles

PHI

vs. WAS

Little man came up HUGE (152 rec. yds.) on MNF.

19

Lamar Miller

MIA

vs. KC

Should see bulk of the carries w/ Moreno out.

20

Reggie Bush

DET

vs. GB

Hopefully better matchups ahead for Bush.

21

Frank Gore

SF

at ARI

Big TD run vs. Bears wiped out by penalty.

22

Doug Martin

TB

at ATL (Thurs.)

Late scratch (ankle) last week. Watch closely.

23

Bernard Pierce

BAL

at CLE

Got the work (22 att.) and yards (96).

24

Pierre Thomas

NO

vs. MIN

More work coming w/ Ingram (hand) out?

25

Toby Gerhart

JAC

vs. IND

8 yards on 7 carries not getting it done.

26

Chris Johnson

NYJ

vs. CHI (Mon.)

Averaging just 3.6 yards per carry thus far.

27

Ahmad Bradshaw

IND

at JAC

70 yds. rushing and 2 rec. TDs.

28

Terrance West

CLE

vs. BAL

Rookie did his job (68, TD) vs. Saints.

29

Shane Vereen

NE

vs. OAK

Out-touched (25 to 7), upstaged by Ridley.

30

Matt Asiata

MIN

at NO

His job for now w/ Peterson on exempt list.

31

Bobby Rainey

TB

at ATL (Thurs.)

Exploded for 144 yds. In Martin's absence.

32

Chris Ivory

NYJ

vs. CHI (Mon.)

Just 43 yards, but was still better than CJ.

33

Khiry Robinson

NO

vs. MIN

Figures to benefit from Ingram's (hand) injury.

34

Donald Brown

SD

at BUF

Should see more work w/ Mathews out.

35

Trent Richardson

IND

at JAC

Looked great against Eagles until fumble.

36

Fred Jackson

BUF

vs. SD

Spiller more effective against Dolphins.

37

Steven Jackson

ATL

vs. TB (Thus.)

Yet to be much of factor.

38

Danny Woodhead

SD

at BUF

Will his role change w/ Mathews (MCL) out?

39

Shonn Greene

TEN

at CIN

 

40

Darren McFadden

OAK

at NE

Out-rushed by QB (37 to 58) w/ MJD out.

41

Jeremy Hill

CIN

vs. TEN

15 carries and first career TD vs. Falcons.

42

Jonathan Stewart

CAR

vs. PIT

Struggled as starter w/ DeAngelo (thigh) out.

43

DeAngelo Williams

CAR

vs. PIT

Did not play last week b/c of thigh injury.

44

Justin Forsett

BAL

at CLE

8 carries vs. BAL compared to 22 for Pierce.

45

Isaiah Crowell

CLE

vs. BAL

11 carries a good sign for him moving forward.

46

Carlos Hyde

SF

at ARI

 

47

Bishop Sankey

TEN

at CIN

Gets two carries in loss to Cowboys.

48

Jerick McKinnon

MIN

at NO

Rookie could get more opportunities w/ Peterson out.

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Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

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